On almost every form of social media, you will see a video of someone working out on your feed. Some of these workouts seem a little crazy and sometimes even impossible. It’s important that you incorporate simple exercises into your routine. Here on some of my favorite exercises that are simple, effective, and have helped me gain a lot of strength!
1. The SquatThis is such a simple exercise that can be done in many different ways. If you’re intimated by a barbell you can use a free weight, a kettlebell, or you could just use your body weight! This is definitely my go-to exercises and always gives me a good burn.
Interval training will help you lose that stubborn fat in a quick and efficient way. Instead of running at a steady pace for 20 plus minutes try to change your speed. For example, I will run at a pace of 8 for 45 seconds and will jump to the side of the treadmill to rest for 10 seconds. I will do this for 10 rounds or until I’m fatigued.
Push Up’s are a very basic exercise that can be done anywhere! Push up’s work not only your chest but also your shoulders, triceps, and your core. If you aren’t strong enough to do a normal push up you can always get on your knees to do them!
These three exercises will help you burn fat and build some muscle! These workouts are extremely simple and can be modified to your ability. Make sure you increase your weight, speed, or amount of reps if the exercises start to get too easy. Don’t forget that change doesn’t happen quickly. It may take you 3 or 4 weeks to notice a difference!
For some people, just the thought of going to the gym scares them let alone, starting a routine. It’s important to remember that everyone starts from somewhere and not everyone’s starting point is the same. Here are some tips that I have used or that I have found helpful when beginning my fitness journey!
1. What are your fitness goals?
Before working out it is important to pinpoint what your fitness goals are. Are you wanting to lose weight? Gain more muscle mass? Loose 5 inched of off your hips? These are important questions to ask yourself. Once you have figured out your fitness goals it’s important that you write them down or create a vision board. Once this is created you should place it somewhere you look every day.
2. Do Your Research
Starting something new means that you are a beginner and might not know how to do certain movements or how to work certain machines properly. Hiring a personal trainer is not always the most affordable option. There are a lot of free sources that provide you with clear instructions on how to squat, deadlift, plank correctly, and much more. Personally, I used YouTube and it is extremely helpful. This is because you can not only see what the person is doing but, you can also hear their instructions and. Some helpful YouTubers and my personal favorites are Whitney Simmons, Nikki Blacketter, and Meg Squats.
3.Create a workout plan
Now that you have done your research and know what your fitness goals are, it’s important to plan out your workouts. A good resource on how to do this properly is by watching a video done by Heidi Somers. Creating a workout plan helps you visualize what workouts you are going to do for the following week. Also, once you start to see your progress you will understand what is working for your body and what’s not.
These three tips will help anyone begin their fitness journey. It’s important to remember that everyone starts from somewhere and to be kind to your body. Progress does not happen overnight or within a couple of weeks. It takes time, patience, and dedication.
Comment what helped you the most on your fitness journey!
February has been a very productive month for me. This was the month that I officially started my blog! I have had this idea for a couple of months but, I was so busy that I never got around to it. Also, I was a little afraid to start it. I was always thinking that people wouldn’t read it or like it. Once I got past that fear, I bought my domain name and now here I am. I was thinking negatively like I always do.
Previously when I was living with roommates I was always thinking about the worst possible scenario and never putting myself out there. But, now that I live in a one-bedroom apartment things have changed for the better. When I first told everyone that I was living alone I got the same response. “Why? That sounds super boring to be by yourself all the time”. Well, let me tell you, living by yourself is awesome. You don’t have to listen to anyone and you get to be your authentic self.
Being my authentic self was the theme for this month. I sat down and made a list of everything I wanted to achieve and how to get there. I finally put myself out there and joined student ran organizations that would help me better my future. I stepped out of my comfort zone and wasn’t afraid of getting denied.
I started a bullet journal, I got back into working out, and most importantly I dropped all of the dead weight in my life. This was the month of realizing that if someone or something wasn’t making a positive impact in my life it was time to let it go. I realized that going out every weekend isn’t necessary. It’s true no one is going to care if you missed that party. I started studying more and focusing on the positive things rather than the negative things.
My anxiety is at an all time low because I have surrounded myself with positive, like-minded people. That saying “you are the company you keep” is very true.